Community Membership gives libraries and community organizations a year-long membership that grants their patrons general admission to the Independence Seaport Museum. During a visit, patrons will discover Philadelphia’s river of history and world of connections through our award-winning exhibits and our National Historic Landmark ship Cruiser Olympia. The museum is proud to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


By phone:
(215) 413-8617

Pay by credit card:
(215) 413-8617

Contact Us:
Caroline Phelps, Manager of Membership

Download and complete the Community Membership Application here and return with payment to:

c/o Membership Department
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Who is Eligible?

Public and university libraries and community organizations, like Big Brothers Big Sisters, The American Legion, YMCA, or neighborhood associations. Contact us if you’re unsure if your organization is a fit.

What are the benefits?

Community Membership admits the cardholder:

What are the restrictions?

Community Membership cannot be used for any of the following benefits:

how much does it cost?

Community Membership costs $200 for one year.

How does the museum's Community Membership work?

The membership card is ordered and maintained by the library or organization. It is designed to be checked out at a circulation desk or office for the duration of the purchasers choosing (recommended 3 day maximum). The purchaser will establish its own check-out periods,late/lost fees, and other details.

How does a library or org. obtain a membership?

The application and payment can be completed online or printed and mailed to the museum (see below for details). Once payment is received, the membership card will be processed and mailed within 5 business days. Multiple memberships can be purchased and maintained by the library or organization.

When are you open and what happens when a cardholder visits?

The Independence Seaport Museum is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The cardholder will present the membership card at the Public Engagement Desk on the day of their visit. Admission tickets cannot be reserved online in advance.

Community Membership Invoice Request

Click here to complete and submit the online form or email to request an invoice.

Click here to download the Community Membership Information Packet.



211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


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visit the seaport museum

Immerse yourself in award-winning and interactive exhibits and climb aboard the oldest floating steel warship in the world on Cruiser Olympia and submerge yourself aboard the World War II-era Submarine Becuna.